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    Regulations governing the application of emergency powers were approved by Cabinet Tuesday (May 25) and will be tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.
    The regulations require the establishment of an Emergency Powers Review Tribunal to review cases of detention or restoration. The Tribunal shall be appointed by the Chief Justice and two other members appointed by the Governor-General.
    “It is expected that the membership of the Tribunal will be announced tomorrow,” Prime Minister Bruce Golding said.
    The Prime Minister made this announcement during a Statement to the House of Representatives Tuesday (May 25) on the declaration of a state of public emergency. The Cabinet took the decision on Sunday (May 23) to advise the Governor-General to issue a proclamation declaring a state of public emergency for the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew.
    Mr. Golding said that the Political Ombudsman has offered his services to assist in performing a monitoring role on the tribunal.
    He further stated that the government deeply regrets the loss of lives, especially those of members of the security forces and innocent, law-abiding citizens caught in the crossfire.
    “The security forces were directed to take all practical steps to avoid casualties as much as possible and to uphold the rights of citizens innocently caught in the area of conflict. The operations in Tivoli Gardens are being maintained to allow for detailed search for illegal guns and persons who may be wanted by the Police for criminal charges. Several persons have been detained and are being processed,” the Prime Minister stated.
    He further noted that during this period of public emergency, a concerted effort will be made to go after the criminal gunmen in whatever community they may be ensconced.
    “In accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, the State of Emergency will remain in force for a period of one month, unless extended by a Resolution of this House or earlier revoked. The advice of the security forces will inform our consideration as to how long these measures will be required,” Mr. Golding said.
    Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition Hon. Portia Simpson Miller saluted the security forces who, she said, have sacrificed much through actions, injury and death in defence of the rights of all law abiding citizens.
    “I want to extend condolences to family members and the members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Defence Force, and also to the decent peace loving people of Western Kingston who suffered as a result of the actions that had to be taken,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.

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